The Beast in Him
Some things are so worth waiting for. Like the moment when Jessica Ward “accidentally” bumps into Bobby Ray Smith and shows him just how far she’s come since high school. Back then, Jess’s gangly limbs and bruised heart turn to jelly any time Smitty’s “all the better to ravish you with” body came near her. So, some things haven’t changed. Except now Jess is a success on her own terms. And she can enjoy a romp-or twenty-with a big, bad wolf and walk away. Easy.
The sexy, polished CEO who hires Smitty’s security firm might be a million miles from the loveable geek he knew, but her kiss, her touch, is every bit as hot as he imagined. Jess was never the kind to ask for help, and she doesn’t want it now, not even with someone targeting her Pack. But Smitty’s not going to turn tail and run. Not before proving that their sheet-scorching animal lust is only the start of something even wilder…
The Mane Attraction
Weddings have the strangest effect on people. How else to explain the fact that Sissy Mae Smith woke up in Mitch Shaw’s bed the morning after her brother Bobby Ray tied the knot? Or that gunmen are trying to kill Mitch, and Sissy Mae now has to escort a bleeding, stubborn, yet still incredibly sexy lion shifter to her Tennessee Pack’s turf to keep him safe? It doesn’t help that Mitch’s appraising gaze makes her feel like the most desirable creature on earth, or that the ultimate stray cat is suddenly acting all kinds of possessive…Mitch is an undercover cop who’s about to testify against some dangerous ex-associates. Even more worrisome, he’s harboring hot, X-rated fantasies about the fast – talking little canine – and he has to deal with every male in Sissy Mae’s Pack sniffing around her in a way that makes his hackles rise. Mitch has his pride, and he intends to show Sissy Mae that when a lion sets out to make you his mate, the only thing to do is purr, roll over, and enjoy one hell of a ride…
Okay, I have resurfaced. I just couldn’t put these books down! These books have been on my list for a while because I ADORED the dragon kin series by Shelly Laurenston’s alter ego, G.A. Aiken. I was so happy to find that everything I loved about those silly dragons was here as well. The books follow the usual PNR formula, minus the crazed serial killer stalking our lovers or some similar sort of horrific situation. They are more about friends, family and love. Don’t get me wrong, there were villains, but more of the loser baby-daddy/extortionist variety, not Satan’s spawn or anything. In the Pride series, we are introduced to a hillbilly wolf pack, a crazy wild dog pack, a super hot Lion pride and the cutest bear shifters ever! All of them are hilarious and there are just so many great characters in these books. The books are so great actually, that I will not even rant about the ridiculous Southern stereotypes. Well okay maybe a little, tiny rant. But seriously, who actually says hoss?? Sigh…it was bad, but I just told myself they were in some isolated area in Appalachia where everyone has two names and that helped the cringe factor (Disclaimerlicious: Only The Mane Attraction takes place in Tennessee.) I realize I started with the 2nd book in the series (which was an accident), but I didn’t feel like I missed a lot, so it worked out. Here is the series list:
The Mane Event: Dez and Mace & Brendon and Ronnie Lee
The Beast in Him: Smitty and Jess
The Mane Attraction: Mitch and Sissy Mae
The Mane Squeeze: Gwen and Lock
Beast Behaving Badly: Blayne and Bo
In terms of hotness, I think Lock was my favorite. Especially when the wild dog pack forced him into that Braveheart costume on Halloween…yummm! My favorite book was The Beast in Him. Jess is just so dorky and awesome, and the wild dog pack is hilarious! But you get to see most of the characters in every book, so I didn’t have to miss them too much. In my opinion, Smitty and Jess had great chemistry and the hottest scenes…I mean, cherry cobbler was involved, need I say more? If you are looking for some light, seriously funny PNR, check out this series (or Dragon Kin). If you require a level of drama on par with Nalini Singh, might want to skip this one.
Favorite quote (one of them anyway): Smitty smiled up at the male lion standing behind the couch–seething. “Hey Shaw. Nice house you’ve got here.” Arms crossed over that massive chest, the lion looked down his nose at Smitty as only a cat could. “What else have you taught my son? How to chase his tail? Lick his ass?”
“Nah, I stuck with the cat basics. Park lazy ass under tree, sleep twenty hours, eat all the food after the females do all the hunting, take a few minutes to roar, the sleep another twenty hours.”
And another quote: “Don’t go,” he mumbled, already falling asleep.
“Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. If I stay, you’ll only fall madly in love with me like so many men before you.”
“It’s you we have to worry about,” he sighed out. “You’ve already been trapped in my erotic web of lust. Might as well give it up to the daddy of all cats.”
Grinning, Sissy stretched out next to Mitch, her arm thrown over his waist. “You keep on dreamin’ that dream kitty.”
“I will. I own poines in that dream, too.”
Series rating: 9